¶How an Angell in bode∣ly shape is painted. Chap. 3.
ALso though Angelles kinde haue no matter neyther lyneations and shape of bodye, yet by a morall de∣uise, many things are imagined, as God lyke an olde man: euen so Angells bée paynted in bodely lykenesse, and Scrip∣ture maketh mention, that they haue diuers lymmes and shapes. But by de∣nominations of lymmes that are séene, vnséene workings of heauenlye per∣seueraunces, are then thereby vnder∣stoode. For when Angells are paynted with long lockes and crispe haire, there∣by is vnderstoode their cleane affections and ordinate thoughts. For the hayre of the head betokeneth thoughts and af∣fections that doe spring out of the roote of thought and minde.*
Men saye that they haue cares, be∣cause they receiue the inspiration of God, and that they knowe and vnder∣stande. Paynters make to them nose∣thrilles, and not without cause: For they voyde vices and: sinnes as it were stinking thinges: and they loue ver∣tues, as it were swéete smelles. And they seperate trueth from falshood, ma∣king distinction betwéene cleane and vn∣cleane, stinking and sweete smel∣lyng.
Ofte men make mention that they haue mouthes, tongues, and lyppes, be∣cause they shewe, •ou vs as it were in∣speaking the priuities of God: and they Page [unnumbered] are alwaye busie wayting and attending in the praysing of God.
And they be painted beardles: for to take consideration and héede, that they passe neuer the state of youth, neyther ware feeble in vertues, neither fa•lc for age. Men saye that they haue téeth, because grace, that they receiue of God, they vse to part and deale it to other, as it were chewing and grinding, and therby their might and power is betokened. They haue armes and handes, for by theyr might in working they sustaine our in∣firmities. And cease not to holde vp and defende good men, that God hath chosen. Men saye, that they haue heartes and breastes, for because they haue life lyke to the lyfe of God, and worke openlye to helpe vs to receiue the grace of lyfe, and such lyfe as God hath. They haue ribbes and sides, for they haue safelye in themselues all the giftes of grace, and by kéeping of them all thing is sure and safe in good men. Men say, that they haue flankes and thighes, but hidde with clo∣thing, for they haue within themselues, grace and vertue, hid from fleshly men. •éete they haue, but as it were alwaye bare, for the mouing of their affection to Godward is sequestred from all deadly lyking.